Samsung Galaxy has cruised to the finals of the League of Legends World Championship with a 3-0 win against H2K in New York’s Madison Square Garden on Saturday.
Marking the second clean sweep in the elimination stages, Samsung seems a worthy opponent for their final opponents SK Telecom T1, who are aiming for a third world championship. With Miss Fortune and Nidalee appearing again to the same effect as the games on Friday, Samsung has proved it is going into the finals prepared for anything.
AD Carry Park “Ruler” Jae-Hyeok, jungler Kang “Ambition” Chan-Yong, support Cho “CoreJJ” Yong-In, mid laner Lee “Crown” Min-Ho, and top laner Lee “CuVee” Seong-Jin held a news conference with the assembled media to talk about their crushing victory. Here are some of the highlights of what they had to say:
Ambition on the growth of SSG over the course of worlds: “As we made it to the upper leagues, I don’t know if we’ve really gotten better. We don’t really think that we’re a very strong team. I wish to grow a little more in preparation of the finals and have a good game.”
Crown on game 1’s shakiness and how they overcame it: “After giving up the first blood, everyone was saying that it was ok. I had the upper hand in damage in lane, and because of a mistake from (Ryu “Ryu” Sang-Wook) I was able to roam bot to get kills. Even in lane when we lost to the Kennen flank and the Olaf, we didn’t think we were behind, and even if we were, it was just that we gave a couple of kills and not much else. We just took the game slow and drove it to our favor.”
Crown on their cruising of 3-0 wins: “I think it’s pretty obvious why. It may sound rude, but I think we won because we were better than them.”
Crown on the support from the fans: “I think it’s fun. It’s so much fun that think “why was I born in Korea? If I was born in NA, it would have been a lot more fun,” but oh well. I don’t know how things will be in the finals. We’ll see.”
Ruler rating each region: “During our games at worlds, Chinese teams gave us the most trouble. I also think NA teams were very good and thought they would make it to quarters and semis, but I was surprised that they didn’t make it far. I was also surprised that Europe was a lot better than I thought.”
CoreJJ on the support MF: “This is the first time I played her. I was confident in using her because I like MF as a champion, the matchup was very good, and the coach told me to go for it. I thought it was on-the-spot pick I could go for.”
Ambition on which jungler he wants to face from SKT: “I think I’d do better against Blank, but I think Bengi will be used, so I think I’ll prepare with that in mind. I think it’ll be better that I’ll probably be facing Bengi, since there are some bad memories, and I want to win. It’ll be fun.”
CoreJJ on Lee “Wolf” Jae-Wan’s anger: “I like him a lot so I’m sorry to say this, but I think he will be angry on the plane ride home.”
CuVee on who he would have rather faced in the finals: “No matter who we face, they both would have been scary opponents, and I think the only difference would have been the way to play against them.”
CoreJJ on his potential nostalgia on playing ADC: “I didn’t think so before, but as I played MF I remembered how fun it was to play her. I think it’ll be fun to do it time to time.”